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Enter MR STRICTLAND, TESTER, and Servants.
Luc. This it is to middle with other people's affairs.
[Erit in anger. Strict. She's gone! she's lost! I am cheated ! Ran. What a lucky dog I am!" I never made pursue her! seek her!
a gentleman a cuckold before. Now, impudence, Test. Sir, all her clothes are in her chamber. assist me!
Ser. Sir, Mrs Clarinda said she was in boy's Mrs Strict. (Rising.] Provoking! I am sure I clothes
never have deserved it of him. Strict. Ay, ay, I know it-Bellamy has her- Ran. Oh, cuckold him by all means, madam; 1 Come along-Pursue her.
[Ereunt. I am your man! [She shrieks.] Oh, fy, madam!
if you squall so cursedly, you will be discovered. Enter RANGER.
Mrs Strict, Discovered! What mean you, sir ! Ran. Hark! Was not the noise this way? do you come to abuse me? No, there is no game stirring. This same god- Ran. I'll do my endeavour, madam ; you can dess, Diana, shines so bright with her chastity, have no more. that, egad, I believe the wenches are ashamed to Mrs Strict. Whence came you? How got look her in the face. Now am I in an admira- you here? ble mood for a frolic: have wine in my head, Ran. Dear madam, so long as I'm here, what and money in my pocket, and so am furnished signifies how I got here, or whence I came? but out for the cannonading of any countess in that I may satisfy your curiosity, first, as to your Christendom. Ha! what have we here ! a lad whence came you? I answer, out of the street: der! this cannot be placed here for nothing- and to your how got you here? I say, in at the winand a window open! Is it love or mischief now dow : it stood so invitingly open, it was irresistthat is going on within ? I care not which I am ible. But, madam-you were going to undress. in a right cue for either. Up I go, neck or no- I beg I may not incommode you. thing. Stay-do I not run a greater chance of Mrs Strict. This is the most consummate piece spoiling sport, than I do of making any that I of impudence hate, as much as I love the other. There can be Rán. For Heaven's sake, have one drop of pity no harm in seeing how the land lies—I'll up.- for a poor young fellow, who has long loved you. [Goes up softly. All is hush
-Ha! a light, Mrs Strict. What would the fellow have? and a woman! by all that's lucky, neither old Ran. Your husband's usage will excuse you to por crooked ! I'll in
-Ha ! she is gone a
the world. gain! I will after her. (Gets in at the window.] Mrs Strict. I cannot bear this insolence ! Help! And for fear of the squalls of virtue, and the Help! pursuit of the family, I will make sure of the Ran. Oh, hold that clamorous tongue, maladder. Now, Fortune, be my guide!
dam! Speak one word more, and I am gone, po
sitively gone. SCENE II.-MRS STRICTLAND's dressing-room. Mrs Strict. Gone! So I would have you.
Ran. Lord, madam, you are so hasty! Enter Mrs STRICTLAND, followed by LUCETTA. Mrs Strict. Shall I not speak, when a thief, a
Mrs Strict. Well, I am in great hopes she will robber, breaks into my house at midnight! Help! escape.
help! Luc. Never fear, madam; the lovers have the, Ran. Ha! no one hears. Now, Cupid assist start of him, and I warrant they keep it.
me !-Look ye, madam, I never could make fine Mrs Strict. Were Mr Strictland ever to sus- speeches, and cringe, and bow, and fawn, and pect my being privy to her flight, I know not fatter, and lie. I have said more to you already, what might be the consequence.
than ever I said to a woman in such circumstances Luc. Then you had better be undressing. He in all my life. But since I find you will yield may return immediately.
to no persuasion to your good, I will gently force (As she is sitting down at the toilet, RANGER you to be grateful.",[Throws down his hat, and enters behind.)
seizes her.) Come, come, unbend that brow, and Ran. Young and beautiful.
Aside. look more kindly on me! Luc. I have watched him pretty narrowly of Mrs Strict. For shame, sir ! Thus on my late, and never once suspected till this morn- knees let me beg for mercy. [Kneeling. ing
Ran. And thus on mine, let me beg the same. Mrs Strict. And who gave you authority to
[He kneels, catches, and kisses her. watch bis actions, or pry into his secrets ?
Strict. [Within.] Take away her sword ! she']} Luc. I hope, madam, you are not angry. I hurt herself! thought it might have been of service to you to Mrs Strict. Oh, Heavens ! that's my husband's know my master was jealous.
voice! Ran. And her husband jealous! If she does Ran. [Rising.) The devil it is! jut send away the maid, I am happy.
Strict. ]Within.] Take away her sword, I say, Mrs Strict. (Angrily.] Leave me.
and then I can close with her.
Mrs Strict. He is upon the stairs, now coming Strict. I know you are false, and 'tis I how up! I am undone, if he sees you !
will bear my injuries no longer. Ran. Pox on him, I must decamp then. Which
[Both wulk about in a passion. way?
Luc. (To Jacintha aside.]—Is not the hat Mrs Strict. Through this passage into the next yours? own it, madam. chamber.
(Takes away Jacintha's hat, and erit. Ran. And so into the street. With all my Mrs Strict. What ground, what cause have heart. You may be perfectly easy, madam: you for jealousy, when you yourself can witness, mum's the word; I never blab. [Aside. I shall your leaving nie was accidental, your return unnot leave off so, but wait till the last moment. certain; and expected even sooner than it hap
[Erit RANGER. pened? The abuse is gross and palpable. Mrs Strict. So, he's gone. What could I have Strict. Why, this is true! said, if he had been discovered !
Mrs Strict. Indeed, Jacintha, I am innocent.
Strict. And yet this hat must belong to someEnter MR STRICTLAND driving in Jacintha,
body. LUCETTA following
Jac. Dear Mrs Strictland, be not concerned.
When he has diverted himself a little longer Strict. Once more, my pretty masculine ina- with it dam, you are welcome to home; and I hope to Strict. Ha ! keep you somewhat closer than I have done; for Jac. I
suppose he will give me my hat again, to-morrow morning, eight o'clock, is the latest Strict. Your hat ! hour you shall stay in this lewd town.
Jac. Yes, my hat. You brushed it from my Jac. Oh, sir; when once a girl is equipped side yourself, and then trod upon it; whether on with a hearty resolution, it is not your worship's purpose to abuse this lady or no, you best know sagacity, nor the great chain at your gate, can yourself. hinder her from doing what she has a-mind. Strict. It cannot be'tis all a lie.
Strict, Oh, Lord! Lord! how this love im- Jac. Believe so still, with all my heart; but proves a young lady's modesty !
the hat is mine. Now, sir, who does it belong Jac. Am I to blame to seek for happiness any to?
[Snatches it, and puts it on. where, when you are resolved to make me mise. Strict. Why did she look so ? rable here?
Jac. Your violence of temper is too much for Strict. I have this night prevented your ma- her. You use her ill, and then suspect her for king yourself so; and will endeavour to do it for that confusion which you yourself occasion. the future. I have you safe now, and the devil Strict. Why did not you set me right at first? shall not get you out of my clutches again. I Jac. Your hard usage of me, sir, is a sufficient have locked the doors, and barred them, I war- reason why I should not be much concerned to rant you. So, here- [Giving her a candle.] — undeceive you at all. 'Tis for your lady's sake I Troop to your chamber, and to bed, while you do it now, who deserves much better of you than are well. Go!--[He treads on Ranger's hat.] to be thus exposed for every slight suspicion.-What's here? A hat! A man's hat in my wife's See where she sits--Go to her. dressing-room!
Mrs Strict. (Rising:]-Indeed, Mr Strictland, (Looking at the hat. I have a soul as much aboveMrs Strict. What shall I do? [-Aside. Strict. Whew! Now you have both found Strict. (Taking up the hat, and looking at your tongues, and I must bear with their eternal Mrs STRICTLAND.]–Ha! By hell, I see 'tis true! rattle.
Mrs Strict. My fears confound me! I dare Jac. For shame, sir ! go to her, andnot tell the truth, and know not how to frame a Strict. Well, well; what shall I say? I forlie!
[Aside. give-all is over. I, I, I forgive. Strict. Mrs Strictland, Mrs Strictland, how Mrs Strict. Forgive! What do you mean? came this hat into your chamber?
Jac. Forgive her! Is that all? Consider, sirLuc. Are you that way disposed, my fine lady, Strict. Hold, hold your confounded tongues, and will not trust me?
[Aside. and I'll do any thing. I'll ask pardon-or forStrict. Speak, wretch, speak
give—or any thing. Good now, be quiet-1 ask Jac. I could not have suspected this [Aside. your pardon—there—[ Kisses her.]-For you, inaStrict. Why dost thou not speak?
dam, I am infinitely obliged to you, and I could Mrs Sérict. Sir
find in my heart to make you a return in kind, Strict. Guilt-'tis guilt that ties your tongue ! by marrying you to a beggar, but I have more
Luc. I must bring her off, however. No cham- conscience. Come, come; to your chamber.bermaid can help it.
[Aside. Here, take this candle. Strict. My fears are just, and I am miserable - Thou worst of women!
Enter Lucetta pertly. Mrs Strict. I know my innocence, and can Luc. Sir, if you please, I will light my young bear this no longer.
lady to bed.
Strict. No, no! no such thing, good madam. Ran. What shall I say to her? No matter; She shall have nothing but her pillow to consult any thing soft will do the business. Aside. this night, I assure you. So, in, in.—[The la- Jac. Who are you? dies take leave. Exit Jacintha.}—Good night, Ran. A man, young gentleman. kind madam.
Jac. And what would you have? Luc. Pox of the jealous fool! We might both Ran. A woman. have escaped out of the window, purely. [Aside. Juc. You are very free, sir. Here are none for
Strict. Go! get you down; and, do you hear, you. order the coach to be ready in the morning at Ran. Ay, but there is one, and a fair one, too; eight, exactly.—[Exit LUCETTA. So, she is safe the most charming creature nature ever set her till to-morrow, and then for the country; and, hand to; and you are the dear little pilot that when she is there, I can manage as I think fit. must direct me to her heart. Mrs Strict. Dear Mr Strictland
Jac. What mean you, sir? It is an office I am Strict. I ain not in a humour, Mrs Strictland, not accustomed to. fit to talk with you. Go to bed. I will endea- Ran. You won't have far to go, however. I vour to get the better of my temper, if I can; never make my errands tedious. It is to your I'll follow you.—[Erit MRS STRICTLAND.} own heart, dear madam, I would have you whisHow despicable have I made myself! (Exit. per in my behalf. Nay, never start. Think you
such beauty could ever be concealed from eyes SCENE III.- Another chamber.
so well acquainted with its charms?
Jac. What will become of me! If I cry out, Enter RangeR.
Mrs Strictland is undune. This is my last resort.
(Aside. Ran. All seems hushed again, and I may ven- Ran. Pardon, dear lady, the boldness of this ture out. I may as well sneak off whilst I am in visit, which your guardian's care has forced me a whole skin. And, shall so much love and claret to: but I long have loved you, long have doated as I am in possession of, only lull me to sleep, on that beauteous face, and followed you from when it might so much better keep me waking place to place, though, perhaps, unknown and Forbid it fortune, and forbid it love. This is a unregarded. chainber, perhaps, of some bewitching female, Jac. Here's a special fellow ! [Aside. and I may yet be happy. Ha! A light! The Ran. Turn, then, an eye of pity on my sufferdoor opens. A boy ! Pox on him !
ings; and, by Heaven, one tender look from [He retires. those piercing eyes, one touch of this soft hand
[Guing to take her hand. Enter Jacintha with a candle.
Jac. Hold, sir! no nearer. Jac. I have been listening at the door, and, Ran. Would more than repay whole years of from their silence, I conclude they are peaceably pain. gone to bed together.
Jac. Hear me; but keep your distance, or I Ran. A pretty boy, faith! he seems uneasy.
raise the family.
Aside. Ran. Blessings on her tongue, only for pratJac. [Sitting down.)—What an unlucky night tling to me!
Aside. has this proved to me! Every circumstance has Jac. Ob, for a moment's courage, and I shall fallen out unhappily.
shame him from his purpose. [Aside.] If I were Ran. He talks aloud. I'll listen. [Aside. certain so much gallantry had been shewn on my
Jac. But what most amazes me is, that Cla- account onlyrinda should betray me !
Ran. You wrong your beauty to think, that Ran. Clarinda ! She must be a woman. Well, any other could have power to draw me hither. what of her?
[Aside. By all the little loves that play about your lips, I Jac. My guardian, else, would never have suspected my disguise.
Jac. You came to me, and me alone? Ran. Disguise! Ha, it must be so! What Ran. By all the thousand graces that inhaeyes she has! What a dull rogue was I not to bit there, you, and only you, have drawn me suspect this sooner!
[Aside. hither. Jac. Ha! I had forgot; the ladder is at the Jac. Well said-Could I but believe you window still, and I will boldly venture by myself. Ran. By Heaven, she comes ! Ah, honest
-[Rising briskly, sees Ranger.]-Ha! A man, Ranger, I never knew thee fail. [Aside. and well drest! Ha, Mrs Strictlarid! Are you Jac. Pray, sir, where did you leave this hat ? then at last dishonest!
Ran. That hat! that hat—'tis my hat-1 dropt Ran. By all my wishes, she is a charming wo- it in the next chamber as I was looking for yours. man! Lucky rascal !
Aside. Jac. How mcan and despicable do you look Jac. But I will, if possible, conceal her shame, now! and stand the brunt of his impertinence.
Ran. So, so ! I am in a pretty pickle! [Aside.
Jac. You know by this, that I am acquainted, you this evening, because I know it is inconwith every thing that has passed within, and venient. how ill it agrees with what you have professed to Jac. Ha! me. Let me advise you, sir, to be gone im- Ran. Therefore I beg you would procure me mediately : through that window, you may a lodging; 'tis no matter how far off my guardeasily get into the street. One scream of mine, iau's. Yours, Jacintha. the least noise at that door, will wake the house. Jac. The very words of my letter! I am amazRan. Say you so ?
[Aside. ed ! Do you know Mr Bellamy? Jac. Believe me, sir, an injured husband is not Ran. There is not a man on earth I have so so easily appeased, and a suspected wife that is great a value for : and he must have some value jealous of her honour
for me, too, or he would never have shewn me Ran. Is the devil; and so let's have no more your pretty epistle; think of that, fair lady. The of her. Look ye, madam, [Getting between the ladder is at the window, and so, madam, I hope door and her.) I have but one argument lett, and delivering you safe into his arms, will, in some that is a strong one. Look on me well; I am measure, expiate the crime I have been guilty of as handsome, a strong, well made fellow as any about town; and, since we are alone, as I Jac. Good Heaven ! How fortunate is this! take it, we can have no occasion to be more Ran. I believe I make myself appear more private
wicked than I really am. For, damn me, if I do [Going to lay hold of her. not feel more satisfaction in the thoughts of reJac. I have a reputation, sir, and will inaintain storing you to my friend, than I could have pleait.
sure in any favour your bounty could have beRan. You have a bewitching pair of eyes. stowed. Let any other rake lay his hand upon Jac. Consider my virtue. [Struggling his heart, and say the same. Ran. Consider your beauty, and my desires. Jac. Your generosity transports me! Jac. If I were a man, you dared not use me thus, Ran. Let us lose no time, then; the ladder's Ran. I should not have the same temptation. ready. Where was you to lodge?
Jac. Hear me, sir; I will be heard. (Breaks Jac. At Mr Meggot's. from him.] There is a man who will make you Ran. At my friend Jacky's! better and better repent this usage of me. Oh, Bellamy! where still. art thou now?
Jac. Are you acquainted with him, too? Ran. Bellamy!
Ran. Ay, ay; why, did I not tell you at first, Jac. Were he here, you durst not thus affront that I was one of your old acquaintance? I know
[Bursting into tears. all about you, you see; though the devil fetch Ran. His mistress, on my soul! [Aside.) You me if ever I saw you before! Now, madam, can love, madam; you cau love, I tınd. Fler give me your hand. tears affect me strangely.
Aside. Jac. And now, sir, have with you. Jac. I am not ashamed to own my passion for Ran. Then thou art a girl of spirit. And a man of virtue and honour. I love, and glory in though I long to hug you for trusting yourself it.
with me, I will not beg a single kiss, till BelRan. Oh, brave! and you can write letters, lamy himself shall give me leave. He must you can. I will not trust myself home with fight well, that takes you from me. Ereunt.
SCENE I.-The Piuzza.
. Jealousy, you know, is as natural an in
cident to loveEnter BELLAMY and FRANKLY.
Frank. As curiosity. By one piece of silly
curiosity, I have gone nigh to ruin both myself Bel. Psha ! what impertinent devil put it into and you; let not, then, your jealousy complete your bead to reddie with my affairs ?
our misfortunes. I fear I have lost a mistress Frank. You know I went thither in pursuit of as well as you. Then let us not quarrel. All another.
may come right again. Bel. I know nothing you had to do there at Bel. It is impossible. She is gone, removed all.
for ever from my sight: she is in the country by Frank. I thought, Mr Bellamy, you were a
this time. lover.
Frank. How did you lose her after we partBel. I am so; and therefore should be for- ed? given this sudden warmth.
Bel. By too great confidence. When I got Frank. And therefore should forgive the fond her to my chair, the chairmen were not to be impertinence of a lover.
found. And, safe as I thought in our disguise, VOL. II.
I actually put her into the chair, when Mr
Enter RANGER. Strictland and his servants were in sight; which I had no sooner done, than they sur
Ran. What the devil, swords at noon-day! rounded us, overpowered me, and carried her Have among you, faith! [Parts them. What's away.
here, Bellamy !-Yes, egad, you are Bellamy, Frank. Unfortunate indeed ! Could you not and you are frankly; put up, both of you or make a second attempt?
else-lam a devilish fellow when once my Bel. I had designed it; but when I came to sword is out. the door, I found the ladder removed; and, hear- Bel. We shall have a timeing no noise, seeing no lights, nor being able to Ran. (Pushing BELLAMY one way.) A time make any body answer, I concluded all attempts for what? as impracticable as I now find them. -Ha! I Frank. I shall be always as ready to defend see Lucetta coming. Then they may be still in my innocence as now. town.
Ran. [Pushing FRANKLY the other way.] In
nocence! ay, to be sure-at your age-a mighty Enter LUCETTA.
innocent feilow, no doubt. But what, in the Lucetta, welcome! what news of Jacintha ?
name of common sense, is it that ails you both? Luc. News, sir ! you fright me out of my are you mad? The last time I saw you, you were senses ! Why, is she not with you?
hugging and kissing; and now you are cutring one Bel. What do you mean? With me! I have another's throats-I never knew any good come not seen her since I lost her last night.
of one fellow's beslavering another-But I shall Luc. Good Heaven ! then she is undone for put you into better humour, I warrant you
Bellamy, Frankly, listen both of you-Such forFrank. Why, what's the matter?
tune-such a schemeBel. Speak out--I'm all amazement !
Bel. Prithee, leave fooling. What, art drunk? Luc. She is escaped, without any of us know- Frank. He is always so, I think. ing how. Nobody missed her till morning. Ran. And who gave you the privilege of thinkWe all thought she went away with you. But ing? Drunk! no; I am not drunk. Tipsy, perHeaven knows now what may have happened. haps, with my good fortune-merry, and in spi
Bel. Somebody must have accompanied her rits--though I have not fire enough to run my in her flight.
friend through the body. Not drunk, though Luc: We know of nobody: we are all in con- Jack Meggot and I have boxed it about-Chamfusion at home. My master swears revenge on paign was the word for two whole hours, by you. My mistress says a stranger has her. Shrewsbury clock. Bel. A stranger!
Bel. Jack Meggot! Why, I left him at one, Luc. But Mrs Clarinda
going to bed. Bel. Clarinda! Who is she?
Ran. That may be, but I made shift to rouse Luc. [To FRANKLY.] The lady, sir, who you him and his family by four this morning. Ounds! saw at our house last night.
I picked up a wench, and carried her to his Frank. Ha! what of her?
house. Luc. She says, she is sure one Frankly is the Bel. Ha! man; she saw them together, and knows it to be Ran. Such a variety of adventures—Nay, you
shall hear-But, before 1 begin, Bellamy, you Frank. Damned fortune!
[Aside. shall promise me half a dozen kisses before hand: Luc. Sure this is not Mr Frankly.
for the devil fetch me if that little jade, Jacintha, Frank. Nothing will convince him now. would give me one, though I pressed hard.
[Aside. Bel. Who, Jacintha? press to kiss Jacintha? Bel. Looking at Frankly.) Ha ! 'tis true! - Ran. Kiss her! ay; why not? is she not a woI see it is true. [Aside.] Lucetta, run up to man, and made to be kissed ? Buckle, and take hin with you to search where- Bel. Kiss her ! I shall run distracted! ver you can. (Puts her out.] Now, Mr Frankly, Ran. How could I help it, when I had her I have found you. -You have used me so alone, you rogue, in her bed-chamber, at midill, that you force me to forget you are my night! if I had been to be sacrificed, I should friend.
have done it. Frank. What do
Bel. Bed-chamber, at midnight! I can hold Bel. Draw !
no longer- -Draw ! Frank. Are you mad? By Heavens, I am in- Frank. Be easy, Bellamy. [Interposing
Bel. He has been at some of his damned tricks Bel. I have heard you, and will no longer be with her. imposed on. Defend yourself!
Frank. Hear him out. Frank. Nay, if you are so hot, I draw to de- Ran. 'Sdeath, how could I know she was his fend myself, as I would against a madman. mistress ? But I tell this story most miserably. I